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User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2725 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

Humans can get so immersed in a process, or hide behind it for not wanting to make a decision, that they end up doing crazy things. This usually happens to be me on visits to Japan, where I'm often told to as a J class passenger to join the J class queue, even though there are ten people waiting and ZERO in the Y class queue....

This one form the UK: picture says a 1000 words: 'no parking' markings in 50cm wide laneway....   



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-22158829





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User currently offlineTheRedBaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 2263 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

You should come to México....you would be surprised....

TRB



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Quoting OzGlobal (Thread starter):

Humans can get so immersed in a process, or hide behind it for not wanting to make a decision, that they end up doing crazy things.

And yet if you read the article it does say that the council had had complaints about inappropriate parking in back alleys, and had instructed the double yellows to be painted as a response - yes, this is a little ridiculous, but the company was tasked with doing something, and they did it.

Imagine what the response would have been if every alley but this one had been double yellowed, and an ambulance or fire appliance couldn't get access (I don't mean drive down it) due to a stupidly parked vehicle? The same line painting company would have been shot for not carrying out their contract to the letter.


User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5168 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 2):
Imagine what the response would have been if every alley but this one had been double yellowed, and an ambulance or fire appliance couldn't get access (I don't mean drive down it) due to a stupidly parked vehicle? The same line painting company would have been shot for not carrying out their contract to the letter.

I think you've missed the point - this alleyway was too narrow to get a car down, let alone an ambulance / fire engine. There was no chance of anyone ever parking down there anyway!



That'll teach you
User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2290 times:

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 3):
I think you've missed the point - this alleyway was too narrow to get a car down, let alone an ambulance / fire engine. There was no chance of anyone ever parking down there anyway!

I think you didn't read my post - I specifically said "an ambulance or fire appliance couldn't get access (I don't mean drive down it) due to a stupidly parked vehicle?

Access could be as simple as trying to wheel an ambulance bed, or other equipment, and a vehicle doesn't necessarily mean a "car" - motorcycles and mobility scooters are also subject to double yellow restrictions!


User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5168 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 4):
I think you didn't read my post - I specifically said "an ambulance or fire appliance couldn't get access (I don't mean drive down it) due to a stupidly parked vehicle?

but why would you need to paint double yellow lines down an alley, to stop someone parking across the entrance to it? You don't see double yellow lines painted throughout the supermarket to stop someone parking outside the entrance. A simple yellow line across the entrance to the alley would suffice.



That'll teach you
User currently offlineoffloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 890 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

My personal favourite in Portugal is the ticket machine. They're everywhere: post office, telecom, tax office, clinics, Customs, IMTT (driver/vehicles) etc. Even if there isn't a soul in the room, they still want you to take a ticket. Its almost as though at the end of the day they need to show the boss how many people they served that day.


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User currently offlinebhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

You may not be able to drive down it, but what about utilities under it that workers might need access to? Or folks that park RIGHT OUT SIDE THE STORE in plainly marked NO PARKING zones while thier passengers go shopping!!!! GRRRR...

"Stupid is as stupid does...."



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User currently offlineRomeoBravo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Might be able to get a motorbike down there...

User currently offlinekiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7582 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

Quoting offloaded (Reply 6):
Even if there isn't a soul in the room, they still want you to take a ticket.

It's like this in Norway as well.


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2299 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

Quoting kiwirob (Reply 9):
It's like this in Norway as well.

Also in Romania until the machines break. Then, no one fixes them, so goodbye "organized" queueing...


User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 5):
but why would you need to paint double yellow lines down an alley, to stop someone parking across the entrance to it? You don't see double yellow lines painted throughout the supermarket to stop someone parking outside the entrance. A simple yellow line across the entrance to the alley would suffice.

I think you're still missing his point. The lines apply to motorcycles, which might well park in the alley. Those could block access for an ambulance crew bringing a stretcher. At least, that is what I understood his point to be.



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User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2351 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

Quoting offloaded (Reply 6):
Its almost as though at the end of the day they need to show the boss how many people they served that day.

They may very well use the ticket numbers as an easy way to track the volume of service.



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User currently offlineflipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2032 times:
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Just seen this on the news, looks daft but really sure what the issue is?

Fred


User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5506 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Moving on a little bit...let me ask the runners in the group here this question about mindlessly following a process.

When I run in an organized race, I always seem to hesitate when I come to the first few light controlled intersections if the light is red. Even though there are barricades manned by police officers blocking cross traffic. Any other runner get this mental hesitation about entering the intersection against the light?

It's like a Pavlovian response...red light=stop.



When seconds count...the police are minutes away.
User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5168 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 11):
I think you're still missing his point. The lines apply to motorcycles, which might well park in the alley. Those could block access for an ambulance crew bringing a stretcher. At least, that is what I understood his point to be.

but this isn't a road, so parking a motorcycle there would be illegal anyway. Therefore the yellow lines are redundant, and that is the point.



That'll teach you
User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 14):
Any other runner get this mental hesitation about entering the intersection against the light?

I don't run, but I imagine that others, too, consider pedestrian traffic lights little more than well-meant advice; at least the ones they know very well.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 15):
but this isn't a road, so parking a motorcycle there would be illegal anyway.

Is it? I know its illegal to cause an obstruction (be it with a vehicle, mobility scooter, bins or anything else), but I've never seen anything in the Highway Code which says its unlawful to park off the road...

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 15):
Therefore the yellow lines are redundant, and that is the point.

However, regardless of what is or is not lawful in this case, the council has had a lot of reports of cars being parked in these alleyways, so a gentle reminder in the form of double yellow lines (which are unambiguous and very obvious) can certainly be argued as being very far from "redundant".

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 11):
I think you're still missing his point. The lines apply to motorcycles, which might well park in the alley. Those could block access for an ambulance crew bringing a stretcher. At least, that is what I understood his point to be.

Yup, my point exactly.


User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2445 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

Yesterday, I had a day-long introduction to all departments of my institute.

I've studied/worked there since 2007.


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1850 times:

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 18):
Yesterday, I had a day-long introduction to all departments of my institute.

A couple of years ago I was tasked with integrating access to the UK "Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency" driver license database into our in-house app.

The spec from the DVLA for their "web service" said XML. It wasn't, because it had to be character position perfect otherwise the "web service" threw it out - so no errant white space or comments.

The connection to the web service was "xml file transfered over SFTP using pre-arranged certificates". Oh, and it had to be over a "dedicated leased line" and not over the internet. Which raised the cost by several thousand a year.

Someone, somewhere said "make it secure", and then someone else said "what if the encryption is broken?! Better make it a dedicated line!", and someone else said "lets make it XML!" - and all of those things made it into the final service spec somehow.

Ridiculous.


User currently offlineoffloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 890 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1817 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 14):

I'm not a runner but I do cycle and do quite a lot of X-country (BTT-bicicleta todo terano as they call it here) and even on the organised events where we cross roads from time to time, unless I can clearly see a marshall or police standing to block traffic, I'll slow right down until I can see nothing is coming. On one of our events last year the guy in front of me didn't, he just blasted through a stop sign assuming, as with the other roads we had passed, it was blocked off. It wasn't and he nailed a car side on. He was ok... and I moved up a place.  



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1784 times:

Signs merely indicating no parking across the ends of the lane, and signs indicating that the lane isn't suitable for vehicles (yes, some people probably are stupid to try and go down there otherwise) would be more than adequate. No need for lines.


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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 21):
Signs merely indicating no parking across the ends of the lane

I can't see a suitable highways traffic sign for that, and councils cannot easily create their own as its not their place to do so.

They could install "no parking at any time" signs in the alleyway itself, but they would have to install several of them.

Also, should the council have to bear the cost of a few thousand more signs, and the added expense of installing them? Lines are easier.

And anyway, if we are talking about installing something, be it signs or lines or whatever ... then we are *still* talking about installing something! So why not lines? Simple, obvious, unambiguous and takes less time and money to do so, harder to vandalise etc etc.

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 21):
and signs indicating that the lane isn't suitable for vehicles (yes, some people probably are stupid to try and go down there otherwise)

But its unlikely that that would prevent mobility scooters and bikes being parked down there.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1767 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 22):
I can't see a suitable highways traffic sign for that, and councils cannot easily create their own as its not their place to do so.

I say signs, but road markings I include in that. Zig-zag lines for example, and no parking/no entry signs situated at the entrance.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 23):
I say signs, but road markings I include in that. Zig-zag lines for example, and no parking/no entry signs situated at the entrance.

Unless they are on the road itself, they do not apply to the road (obviously that doesn't include no entry signs, but a lot of things we are talking about here are not covered by no entry signs).


User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1780 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

Quoting OzGlobal (Thread starter):
Humans can get so immersed in a process, or hide behind it for not wanting to make a decision, that they end up doing crazy things.


I'd rather have 'crazy' enforced processes than chaos. The former is funny, the latter is painful.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 26, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 24):
Unless they are on the road itself, they do not apply to the road (obviously that doesn't include no entry signs, but a lot of things we are talking about here are not covered by no entry signs).

Sure, but clearly a no entry and no parking sign could be situated on the lane itself, but close to the end of it where it is clearly visible from the main road, and of course road markings on the main road in front of the lane entrance could prevent parking along the entrance itself.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 27, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 26):
Sure, but clearly a no entry and no parking sign could be situated on the lane itself, but close to the end of it where it is clearly visible from the main road, and of course road markings on the main road in front of the lane entrance could prevent parking along the entrance itself.

Thats an awful lot of bother to go to, and includes installation of multiple signs and road markings, would it be worth it when double yellows solve the problem anyway?

And anyway, vehicular access may be allowed along the alleyway (in this case it would be limited to mobility scooters and motorcycles), so a no entry sign might have negative effects. If no access is required, then simple bollards at either end solves the issue completely.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 28, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1742 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 27):
Thats an awful lot of bother to go to, and includes installation of multiple signs and road markings, would it be worth it when double yellows solve the problem anyway?

Maybe.  

It would just look a lot less silly.



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User currently offlineSoJo From UK - England, joined Nov 2012, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1437 times:
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Here we have the latest episode of one liners (or four in this case)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-22338210

Duh! It's unbelievable   



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